Monarch Seafood: Good seafood at a great price
By Nicholas Chang, Ka La writer
This article was published in the Ka La’s January 2014 printed edition.
Sometimes it’s good to break away from your typical lunch spots and seek out some hole-in-the-wall goodness. Monarch Seafood has some of the best seafood plates and poke on the island.
Upon arrival, the first thing you will notice is the nearly non-existent parking. There is only street parking and it is usually very busy. The second thing you will notice is that Monarch’s is extremely small. Although parking is scarce and there is no seating available, the food definitely makes up for it.
The most popular dish they sell is the nori wrapped crab stuffed ahi. A premium seafood plate coming in at under $9 is a hell of a deal. The plate comes with five ahi wraps, one scoop of rice, and some fresh Nalo greens. The wraps were very tasty and deep fried to perfection. Crispy nori and light batter encase the juicy ahi and crab. The woman working the counter also suggested to try the Ahi Katsu the next time.
This dish and the restaurant are a must try! Quality local seafood with great prices!
Monarch Seafood is located on 515 Kalihi St. They are open Mon- Fri 9 AM to 4:30 PM. Sat & Sun
9 AM to 2 PM. Contact them at (808) 841-7877.
Its offices are located on the ground floor of Building 2, just around the corner from the book store.